This year’s hot Halloween costume is simple and economical: turban, baggy pants, vest, and beard (untrimmed only, please). To complete the ensemble just carry, dangling from a strip of rag, a bloody severed human hand.
I can hear the cries of “Bad taste!” But isn’t that the object, to dress up as the most frightening thing? About the scariest thing going right now is the Taliban.
The word from Hollywood is, in order to protect people’s sensitivities, most disaster movies in various stages of production are being rethought if not actually dropped. I wouldn’t mind if certain Halloween costumes went the same route. Americans go to the party store or K-mart and plunk down good money for masks that feature ripped arteries, dangling eyeballs, seared and rotting flesh.
The number of genuine mutilated bodies in the world ought to satisfy anyone’s taste for gore. There’s no need to create artificial grievous wounds. I don’t equate Halloween with Satanism or any nonsense like that, and I wouldn’t try to legislate against it. I’d simply prefer it if people stopped thinking of mangled remains as something fun to dress up in.